Adopted 1997 Now at the Rainbow Bridge [November 2008]
message received March 2009 ~ from Lady's family
Dear Ms. Frey,
It's been over 10 years since we last spoke, but I just wanted to share a story with you about a great placement you made with me with a Sheltie named Lady.
You had helped us find Shelties two other times in the past, and they have all been great pets and companions. Lady was special (bet you never heard that before), but this was a true rescue story that I was glad to be part of.
In 1997, you told me about a New York connection you had in Long Island and a dog named Lady in Washington Heights, NY. Though I live in [central NJ], it was closer than Andie.... another rescue we had adopted through you in Dover, Delaware in 1993.
Lady had been abandoned 3 or 4 other times.... The last time she had been left at a hair salon and never picked up, near Harlem I was told. She was a handful at first and I could see why she would not be a favored pet in a 5 story walk-up in Washington Heights [where I picked her up]. I still remember the car ride home with her in the Volvo. Her nose was in the air through the sun roof taking in all the different smells from the George Washington Bridge across route 78 to Flemington. It was late May and all the Spring smells were in the air.
After almost 12 years, Lady died at 14 years old. We had to put her down due to stomach tumors. I tried to nurse her back earlier with special diet and care, but after 6 months of this her condition returned, this time with some pain that I could no longer see her suffer.
I wanted to say thanks, because Lady grew up to be a good, mellow friend. Indeed, the only member of the family who gave kisses "on demand". We had her put down right after Thanksgiving last year.